Major Aldi plan for Doncaster site

An artists impression of the planned Aldi on Selby Road, Askern
An artists impression of the planned Aldi on Selby Road, Askern

Doncaster is set for a jobs and shopping boost after ­discount supermarket Aldi announced a major store in the borough.

The chain wants to build the store on land next to Selby Road, in Askern, and expects the scheme to create 50 jobs, according to official documents.

The company has filed a planning application with Doncaster Council and has already carried out surveys on the site to check its suitability for development.

Askern Spa Coun Alan Jones said people in the town would be delighted with the proposals.

He said: “People round here will be delighted to have a big supermarket built in Askern.

“At present, there are supermarkets, but they are small ones.

“The nearest big major supermarket is the Asda at Carcroft, but there is no direct bus link to that store.

“It will be wonderful to have a big store on our doorsteps.

“The jobs this brings will be welcome to the area.”

Aldi says the scheme is part of a wider masterplan for the site on a “key gateway”.

There would also be 76 two, three and four bedroom houses built next to the supermarket, which will have parking space for around 100 vehicles.

Also planned in the area is a specialist care home facility.

Aldi has told Doncaster Council its own research shows people in Askern have to drive for around 22 minutes to get to a major supermarket.

They say their plans will mean more

choice and competition in the area.

The firm wants to open from 8am until 10pm Monday to Saturday and for six hours on Sundays.

In a report, the company states: “The introduction of retail on this site will deliver significant employment benefits through the creation of 50 new job opportunities, alongside the physical regeneration of a key ‘gateway’ site into Askern.”

Aldi said a planning application has been submitted to Doncaster Council following the outcome of a consultation event held in February this year.

A company spokesman said: “A public consultation event was held in February this year that was very well attended. Ninety-five per cent of the community responding to the consultation were in support of the proposals. The three main benefits welcomed by the community are jobs, regeneration and increased shopping choice.”

She said Aldi has a long-standing requirement for a store in Askern where there is limited main food shopping choice. If planning consent is granted it is hoped the new store will be open by 2016.

The news of a new Aldi comes after Tesco closed a major town centre store and ditched plans for another scheme in Thorne, earlier this year.

Tesco closed its doors at its Church View store in April resulting in the loss of 125 jobs.

The supermarket confirmed at the start of the year the Doncaster site was included in a list of 43 ‘unprofitable’ stores that would be shutting around the country.

The firm had previously shelved plans to open a further 49 new stores – including a new supermarket at Capitol Park in Thorne, This scheme would have created about 130 new jobs.

The Church View Store is now set to reopen later in the year as a B&M store.